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A ragtag crew of humans and posthumans discover alien technology that could change the fate of humanity...or awaken an ancient evil and destroy all life in the galaxy.

The shady crew of the White Raven run freight and salvage at the fringes of our solar system. They discover the wreck of a centuries-old exploration vessel floating light years away from its intended destination and revive its sole occupant, who wakes with news of First Alien Contact.

When the crew break it to her that humanity has alien allies already, she reveals that these are very different extra-terrestrials...and the gifts they bestowed on her could kill all humanity, or take it out to the most distant stars.

©2017 Tim Pratt (P)2018 Tantor

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Mr. Rogers narration

I can't finish this book... The main character and some others sound like mister rogers. I can get past that as the story is interesting. What caused me to stop listening is the constant and out of place sex longing.

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Save yourself a credit, read something else

All books I read start out as five-star. Many of them don't finish that way because of issues.

Sadly, over the course of The Wrong Stars, the book dropped down to two stars. First star lost for poorly-written and -considered interpersonal relationships. Juvenile "huhuhuh lesbians touching gooshy parts" is neither welcome nor entertaining. Second star lost for nerdsplaining. The author is writing science fiction; he shouldn't assume his readers are idiots. Idiots don't read sci-fi and don't need a surrogate character to be explained to. Third star was lost mid-third act when the plot hammering clearly required experienced and skilled characters to perform multiple idiotic acts in order to advance the plot. Nope. I didn't take away an additional star for the ending that dragged on two chapters longer than necessary.

From an audio standpoint, the narrator was adequate, but tended toward whininess for too many female characters. I think the narration might have been better with a female reader, but no narrator could fix the basic problems in the book itself.

Save yourself a credit. Read something else. How this book is an award nominee is a complete mystery to me.